Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows in neutral tones with some warmer, some cooler-toned shades. It features a new eyeshadow formula, which Tarte describes as a “cream powder” that is “pigmented” and “blendable.” It’s a much denser, richer formula that is smooth but firmer in the pan (but not in a stiff way) that goes on better–it is similar to formulas like Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow and Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow. I am all for this new formula, because it performs well without primer, which has always been an area where Tarte’s powder eyeshadows have been more hit or miss. These are pigmented, blendable, and adhere to bare skin without primer–and I still get good wear (8 hours across the board), which you can obviously extend or insure if you wear primer normally. The biggest thing is really this formula is far easier to blend out and nothing turned patchy or uneven.

Worth noting, the palette is smaller in overall footprint than the last two circular palettes, and the previous palettes also contained 0.67 oz. and and retail for $40 (or $59.70/oz.). This palette contains less at 0.40 oz. but is also less expensive at $34, though that works out to be more expensive by the ounce ($85.00/oz.), which also works out to be 0.05 oz. per shade.

Seashell is a light-medium, pinky-peach with warm undertones and frosted finish. It had very good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that applied well to bare skin and wore for eight hours before fading slightly. NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Stila Rose Quartz (P) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC MACnificent Me (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit Riff (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Glitz (LE, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #2 (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). YSL Scandal #2 (LE) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $19.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Tulle (LE, $19.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Parfait (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Natasha Denona Piggy (80M) (P, $29.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wave is a medium-dark taupe with subtle, cooler undertones and a frosted sheen. It was richly p igmented with a smooth, blendable texture that was a little looser in the pan compared to some of the other shades. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #4 (P) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #3 (P) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Cherie (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Stellar (P, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Clarins Silver Plum (07) (P, $24.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). YSL Taupe Drop (03) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Zoeva Wrapped in Silk (P) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Stroke My Ego (P, $18.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Swell (P, $10.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige (LE) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Natasha Denona Gray-Brown (38M) (P, $29.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Up Too Slate (LE) is darker (85% similar). MAC Cloudy Afternoon (LE, $21.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (P) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Chroma #5 (P) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Viseart Velvet (P) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Silver Mirage (18) (LE, $39.00) is lighter (80% similar). Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Abyss is a muted, dark brown with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff with a fairly smooth, blendable consistency that was a bit firmer in the pan compared to the more shimmery shades. It wore well for eight hours. Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte One Too Manet (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Chestnuts Roasting (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S632 Hazelnut (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Gravitational (LE, $22.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Twice Baked (P, $19.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Tout Suite (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Antique Bronze (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Russet (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Umber (78M) (P, $29.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Kiss Me, I'm Tipsy (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Cool Plum (70P) (P, $29.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Chestnut (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Bandit (LE, $5.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (80% similar). Tarte Sippy Sippy (LE) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). MAC Dark Brew (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Reef is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It’s not quite rich enough to be a true bronze, but there was something about the warmth and sheen that still made me want to call it bronze. It was intesely pigmented with a buttery, dense, and smooth consistency that wore for eight hours. Urban Decay Radar (LE, $19.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Inglot #422 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Hell Ya (P) is darker (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (P, $29.50) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Telesto (P, $29.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Stare (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Quiet Type (LE, $16.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Cold Brew (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Tan Lines (LE, $29.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Firecracker (P) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Soft Steel (LE, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Merci (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Midnight Sun (LE, $16.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Enhance) (LE) is lighter (80% similar). bareMinerals Yes Please (P) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Starfish is a light-medium, golden brown with warm undertones and slight olive tones paired with a frosted finish. It had great color payoff with a soft, cream-like texture that blended out well without losing intensity. This shade wore well for eight hours. Estee Lauder Metal Saffron (LE) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC A Harvest of Greens #2 (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Penny (LE, $19.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Crushed Clove (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #3 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals Elitist (P) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Hourglass Color Field #3 (P) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cove is a light-medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a slightly thinner texture compared to the more shimmery shades, but it still had a denser, more cream-like feel overall. The color lasted for eight hours. Make Up For Ever M536 Milk Tea (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Buxom Gimme Gorgeous (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Noble (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Smarty Pants (P) is darker (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Kid (DC, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Stark (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome Sante (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Camel (LE) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Sherbert (LE, $12.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Stila Warm Honey (LE, $18.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Cork (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Fab Accent (LE, $16.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Anaheim (LE, $19.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sand is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a smooth, blendable texture that was easy to work with. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Sage (Highlight) (P) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #4 (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Rock Candy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Porcelain (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Golden Reflections #4 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #355 (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Vanilla (P) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P)(95% similar). MAC Chamomile (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Crepe (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is darker (95% similar). Clinique Vanilla Pop (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Righteous (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Hero (P) is brighter (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mermaid is a light-medium, muted gold with warm, browner undertones and a frosted sheen. It was nicely pigmented with a smooth, dense, and buttery texture that blended out beautifully and lasted for eight hours. Dior Trafalgar #4 (P) is darker (95% similar). NARS Studly (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Glimmer of Gold #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). Anastasia 10K (P, $12.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Crimper (LE, $5.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Beaded (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #1 (P) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Montaigne (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Vicuna (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Blonde Cumin (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Palette Rainforest of the Sea
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Seashell
Seashell
Seashell
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Wave
Wave
Wave
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Abyss
Abyss
Abyss
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Reef
Reef
Reef
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Starfish
Starfish
Starfish
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Cove
Cove
Cove
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Sand
Sand
Sand
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Mermaid
Mermaid
Mermaid
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

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Tarte Starfish Eyeshadow
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Tarte Starfish Eyeshadow

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Tarte Sand Eyeshadow
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Tarte Mermaid Eyeshadow
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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette